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Farmers vacate Delhi borders finally

Protesting farmers on Saturday started vacating Delhi borders and returning home, suspending their year-long agitation against the agriculture reform laws passed last year by the parliament. Groups of farmers started removing their temporary settlements from Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri borders, where they had been stationed for over a year.

Bharat Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait flagged off the first lot of farmers returning home from the Ghazipur border and said that he will be leaving the protest site on 15 December.

Farmers continue to dismantle their makeshift accommodations at the border sites as the motivated agitation, which was milder than the protests against the citizenship amendment law and yet that succeeded, drew to an end. Sources among the farmers said they would gather for some ceremonies and start their journey home.

The sources said their backers had made special arrangements along the highways to greet the farmers as they head home on tractors.

A victory march was initially planned for yesterday, but it was postponed in the wake of the tragic helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu that killed 13 people, including Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat.

As large convoys of farmers began heading home from protesting sites along Delhi borders, traffic movement on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal flyover slowed down.

Those at the Singhu border sang bhajans before vacating the site while those at the Tikri border were seen dancing to celebrate the success of their protest against the three farm laws.

The farmers will hold a review on 15 January.

“If the government does not fulfil its promises, we could resume our agitation,” the Samyukt Kisan Morcha had said in its statement on Thursday.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh had laid siege to the Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri borders in November 2020 to the repeal of the three farm laws, which were finally withdrawn in the winter session of Sansad earlier this month.

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